Forestry Statistics 2007 - Recreation

Scotland All Forests Survey

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All Forests surveying was carried out in Scotland across all 15 forest districts1. Due to the scale of this exercise, fieldwork was spread across a three-year period from June 2004 to June 2007, with over 5,000 hours of fieldwork, undertaken over 1,158 days achieving almost 2,700 face to face interviews.  By stratifying all Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) woodlands, independently in each forest district, by estimated usage and the size of surrounding population, this study estimated that around 8.2 million visits are made annually to FCS woodland.

At a combined level, the blocks selected are representative of the range of facilities and activities available in FCS woodland, but this is not always the case at a district level. Approximately a fifth of each district’s forests were included in the survey. Full reports for each year of this survey and a final report presenting overall results will be placed on our website when they become available.

Table 5.7 provides a summary of the key characteristics and results obtained from the Scotland All Forests survey.

Table 5.7 Woodland visit characteristics - Scotland All Forests Survey

Woodand visit characteristics

2004-2007

per cent of visits

Type of trip

          Day trip

82

          Overnight trip

18

Main activity during visit

          Dog walking

50

          Other walking

29

          Cycling

11

Main transport

          Car / van

78

          Walked

18

          Cycled

2

Distance travelled (one-way)

          Less than 6 miles

58

          6 to 15 miles

19

          16 to 25 miles

10

          Over 25 miles

12

Duration of visit (time spent in forest)

          Up to 1 hour

59

          Over 1 hour, up to 2 hours

24

          Over 2 hours, up to 3 hours

10

          Over 3 hours

7

Frequency of visit to site of interview

          More than once a day

7

          Once a day

13

          1 to 3 times per week

25

          1 to 3 times per month

17

          1 to 3 times per year

17

          Less often

5

          First ever visit

16

Importance of forest and facilities in decsion to visit area

          Only reason for coming

23

          Very important

40

          Quite important

17

Group composition

          Alone

42

          Couples / groups of two

37

          Groups of three or more

21

Not National Statistics.

Source: Scotland All Forests Survey 2004-2007, carried out by TNS.

Notes:

1. A third of FC forest districts were surveyed each year, although by the end of the project, the Kincardine and Buchan forest districts had been combined to form one forest district named Aberdeenshire.


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